By Susan Christian
Okay…so it’s not high up on a very tall pedestal with flying cars all around, but this house has technology in it that would make George Jetson proud! For the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor’s (BRAG) Remodelers Home Tour we will open this home to the public for touring on October 4th and 5th, 2014. This seemingly modest home is jam-packed with cutting edge technology that’s going to start the owners on the path towards net-zero living. As scientists, our clients were interested in pushing the envelope with new technologies and getting as close to a carbon-neutral lifestyle as possible. This house is future ready: able to produce energy, recycle water and waste as effectively as possible, while also being as close to net-zero energy as possible. The house is pre-plumbed for future water and waste recycling. Bio-phase change materials (bio-PCM) are used in the walls and ceiling to greatly increase the thermal mass of this home, adding more energy saving than even solar panels. Earth tubes use passive ground temperature to pre-cool and pre-heat incoming air, and modulate the home’s humidity. With advanced ducting and energy management systems, this home will perform at a level that other framed houses cannot achieve.The icing on the cake is a Dow Powerhouse™ solar shingles array. Designed by Architectural Resource and built by Meadowlark, this home is full of technology that will take this home far beyond the limits of the accepted standards for home building. Unfortunately, George won’t be able to make the tour, but you can! Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor Remodelers Home Tour Saturday, October 4, 2014, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm Sunday, October 5, 2014, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm Tickets are $10 per adult and can be purchased at any of the homes on tour For more information, check out our events page.